This statement is published on behalf of D Young & Co LLP and its subsidiary, D Young & Co International Limited. Any reference to "D Young", "the firm", "we", "us" or "our" are to both.

Our firm

D Young & Co is a leading intellectual property law firm. We provide legal advice to our clients in fields covering a diverse range of technologies, including biotechnology, chemistry, pharmaceuticals, electronics, mechanical engineering and many more.

Our approach

We are committed to achieving the highest standards of ethical behaviour in the conduct of our business and associated activities. In doing so we are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. We will not tolerate slavery or human trafficking or abusive or unfair treatment in any part of our business or in any of our supply chains.

Whilst we do not have intricate supply chains, we do expect our suppliers and outsourced contractor organisations, together with their supply chains, to take all reasonable and practical steps to comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. These third parties provide equipment as well as maintenance and support services for our offices.

Our policies

We have policies which are relevant to our approach, including our core values, equal opportunities policy and whistle blowing policy. These policies do not form part of any employee's contract of employment and as such may be amended from time to time. Staff are made aware of these policies during induction, as well as reminded of the importance of adhering to our policies. They are available via our self-service Human Resources database as well as on request.

Suppliers and procurement

We are in the process of developing procurement practices which will specifically question the approach our suppliers take in respect of complying with the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We have recently engaged with a procurement agency to help us develop these practices and further ensure that our suppliers meet the high standards which we expect of ourselves.

It is expected that training will be provided to those who have responsibility for managing these procurement relationships and engaging with third party suppliers.

We only use reputable recruitment firms and service organisations to assist us in meeting our business needs and deliver the very best client service.

David Meldrum, Partner, November 2018.